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overarching

[oh-ver-ahr-ching] /ˌoʊ vərˈɑr tʃɪŋ/
adjective
1.
forming an arch above:
great trees with overarching branches.
2.
encompassing or overshadowing everything:
The community's overarching needs are more jobs and better housing.
Origin of overarching
1710-1720
1710-20; overarch + -ing2

overarch

[oh-ver-ahrch] /ˌoʊ vərˈɑrtʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to span with or like an arch:
A new bridge overarches the river.
verb (used without object)
2.
to form an arch over something:
a cerulean sky overarching in the early twilight.
Origin
1660-70; over- + arch1
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overarching

/ˌəʊvərˈɑːtʃɪŋ/
adjective
1.
overall; all-encompassing: an overarching concept

overarch

/ˌəʊvərˈɑːtʃ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to form an arch over
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Word Origin and History for overarching
adj.

1720, from present participle of verb overarch (1660s), from over- + arch (v.).

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